The dry winter air poses an array of beauty challenges in its own respect. In our previous blog we talked about some of the necessary treatments to maintain moisture in your hair, as well as the frizz that seems to linger with it. Today, we are going to address another all-too-familiar winter hair symptom- static. The cut and dry cold will rob moisture from your hair and bring the cling of static, leaving you in a fighting frenzy to tame your hair constantly. Fortunately, there are some easy remedies that will set you up for success through the remainder of the winter seasons.
The Right Products
Fighting static starts at the basic application of what you put in your hair, and how often. Using moisturizing conditioners will help start you off on the right foot. Try to avoid shampooing every day, as it will dry out your hair, stripping the moisture and natural oil of your scalp from the hair cuticle. Additionally, when you shampoo, try to limit your use of a “volumizing” or clarifying shampoo, instead use a light moisture shampoo to help contrast the dry air. While static isn’t directly correlated with dry hair, you will definitely run into more static if your hair is dry than if it is moisture-filled.
If you know your hair is particularly prone to static and dry by nature (curlier hair styles usually fall into this category), using a hair serum or oil product can help prevent static, infuse your hair with moisture, and all without weighing down your style or making it greasy. There are a multiple options as far as product lines go, though most will tell you to apply the serum promptly after drying your hair with a towel. Take into account the density and texture of your hair, as too much product will not deliver the desired results and can cake your hair with unnecessary oils.
The Right Tools
Believe it or not, there is a secret in the tools you use that coincides with the amount of static cling you will fight. Here are a few of the tools you can look into switching out to help.
Comb Vs. Brush
Brushing your hair is the usual way to reduce tangles and soften your style. During the winter months though, you may want to ditch the brush frequency and switch to a wide-toothed comb. By creating less friction, you are less susceptible to that electric charge building up. Also, use a metal comb instead of plastic. Plastic creates more friction in the hair, where as the bristles maintain oils in your hair.
Plastic brushes are popular, but they also are a catalyst for the static problem. Instead, look into a higher quality bristle brush that is made from boar bristles. These will last you longer, as well as keep the moisture locked in your hair, reducing susceptibility to static cling. You will also notice your hair has a healthier sheen when using these brushes.
At The Hair Company, we use the products and tools to help you beat the static and maintain healthy moisture in your hair. Our stylists are experienced and educated to help create the style and color that is best for you. Call and make your appointment today and beat the dry air of winter!